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I was invited to the VitaMix headquarters in Cleveland, OH to shoot a 60-minute DVD that will be included in their latest VitaMix Turbo Blend Variable Speed blender. This was a huge honor for me, as you all know how much I love my VitaMix. My family had an early model in our kitchen from the 70s, so I’ve used the VitaMix my entire life.

The production was shot in a big stadium kitchen where the production crew and VitaMix employees including chefs, food scientists, marketing, and product development filled the stands. I think we shot about 14 or 16 segments in just 2 days! The owner of VitaMix is vegan, so all the recipes are free of dairy and animal products.

Bob Stefanov, the director, was a joy to work with. We had loads of fun and made sure to laugh a lot.

The wonderful team at VitaMix. I am so eager to watch the videos, haven’t seen them yet, and friends were telling me they watched it at the VitaMix booth at Expo West last weekend up on a big screen TV. We’re planning a big launch at Expo West, so make sure to look for me at the VitaMix booth in March in Anaheim, CA.

The new TurboBlend Variable Speed will be available at natural food stores including Whole Foods Markets. So excited to help launch this new product with VitaMix!!

My NYC tour kicked off last Monday at Rockefeller Center on the set of LX New York at NBC studios. I chat about the benefits of a raw food diet with hosts Janice Huff and Jane Hanson. You can watch my segment here, though it’s stretched out horizontally and the audio is out of synch. (As soon as I get my own copy of the segment, I’ll repost)

Tuesday evening, I had a food demo, talk, and book signing at Bonobo’s Restaurant. The room was packed with folks eager to learn more about raw food nutrition and recipes. I demonstrated how fast and easy it is to make my Simple Rosemary Oregano Noodle Salad with zucchini, tomato, avocado, and herbs.

Pictured above is Rose Voisk of the World Olympians Association. She was a gymnast in the 1948 London Olympics. She looks great, is vibrant, and strong. A testament for eating well.

Wednesday evening, I was hosted by the lovely Hyacinth Mills of New Life Journeys and her Montclair Raw Food Meetup Group. I demoed my Super Cacao-Coconut Energizer smoothie recipe from page 39 of Ani’s Raw Food Essentials. Hyacinth’s group is full of vibrant folks excited about raw foods. Her husband and 2 boys are handsome as can be, and Hyacinth has a natural glow of beauty. A great spokes model family.

I had randomly bumped into Hyacinth at Port Authority late on Monday night, 2 evenings before our event, as we were both catching our buses back to NJ that night. What’s the chances of that? It’s magic!

Thursday night I was at Organic Avenue for a workshop hosted by Mia Santos Andres. Above are my lovely assistants Sara, Sam, and Lee who helped to prep my recipes and samples, and then helped me set up before my workshop. They all had that glow of inner health and beauty. What angels!

In my workshop, I demoed my Tomato and Tarragon Bisque, page 137, Pad Thai Kelp Noodles, page 227, and Strawberry Kream Pie, page 266 from Ani’s Raw Food Essentials. It was another packed house with great audience participation, questions, and book signing.

Thanks Mia for a great event, and for my goodie bag full of green juice in the cute Organic Avenue bottle, and BlackBird Truffles, handmade by raw model Anthony Andersen. Yum!

Mia is so pretty, I look shiny. Ha haaaa. I can’t wait to get back to NYC before another 6 years passes….

Last weekend, I was invited to speak and demo my raw foods at the Farm Sanctuary Hoe Down annual celebration in Watkins Glen, NY. It was a huge honor to be included in the speaker lineup with founder Gene Baur and T. Colin Campbell, author of the China Study. The Hoe Down was one of the best organized events I’ve attended.

Volunteers helped me prepare pies for over 120 people in about 30 minutes just before my presentation. We chose the manual ‘food processor’ style of hand mixing dates with almonds. Good forearm exercise.

Strawberry Kream Pie, from Ani’s Raw Food Essentials. Made with dates, almonds, cashews, vanilla, and strawberries. Simple and delicious.

A photo of my raw food demo, taken by Morgan Jamie Dunbar.

It’s so much fun to sign books after a raw food demo and talk. I love having this opportunity to connect with other like minded folks in the community.

Later, I got to visit the animals out on the other part of the 200 acre farm. This guy was 3,000 pounds big, what a cutie pie!

Amazing to stand in the pasture with a flock of sheep as the sun was setting. It was so peaceful. Actually, I rested really well on the farm every night.

That evening was the Barn Dance where we line-danced first, then it broke out into a full on night club with a packed dance floor until after 1am. Everyone had tons of energy and was jumping up and down, especially Gene Baur, who was wringing sweat out of his t-shirt! My hair was soaked in sweat too. I noticed no one stunk of body oder, and people’s sweat didn’t gross me out as it usually does. That’s a huge plus for eating clean, vegan, and raw.

I realized this was my 20th year reunion from Cornell, and I hadn’t been back to Ithaca since I graduated in 1990 (except returning briefly for my brother Max’s graduation in 1993). So, it was a double treat to visit Ithaca and Farm Sanctuary. I’m looking forward to the next Hoe Down in California, and visiting New York’s Farm Sanctuary again soon.

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My introduction to Sarasota RAWked! Exploring my idea that creating something together with other people in our raw community, rather than going it alone, is more fun, plus makes a bigger splash. We produced and threw down a pumping RAWktail Party, it was the biggest and most successful raw event in Florida to date! Dress code was RAWkstar, of course. A wonderful event and a very warm welcome to Florida and Sarasota.

A RAWstar RAWktail Party isn’t complete without headshots. Is that too cheezy?….

We brought together a fun crowd of local hipsters, movers, and shakers. Raw foods help us feel great, look our best, and fuel up for a long night of celebration. Raw food is also great for recovery, detox, and combating damage after a night of partying too hard and not sleeping enough.

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The event was held at the Weller Historic Estate, and it was filled with rich period furniture and wonderful styling details. The host Jeff Weller is below in the white button down and jeans. I was to discover later that Jeff gives great massages!

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The Weller Historic Estate was at full capacity with well over 120 attendees, and the energy was contagious.ani phyo raw food essentials

I demoed 4 recipes, which follow below, while people stood around a 20 foot long table to watch and learn how to make fast, easy, delicious raw food treats. Below is Bryant Meyers, to the right, an ingredient sponsor who’s home is packed full of cutting edge healing therapy machines like an infrared sauna and scalar wave technology. I was skeptical at first, but the scalar waves made me pass out and sleep restfully the following day. Now I’m a believer.ani phyo raw food essentials

Above is the spread for our Taco Wraps, served in a cabbage leaf. With raw food, it’s easy to have our ‘kitchen’ anywhere, even in the living room.

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Lisa Tomasi, in pink, runs the Naples raw food meet up group. She saved the day and was the best assistant I’ve ever had! A testament for raw foods, Lisa drove over 2 hours to come to the event, worked all night, drove home, then came back the next day again. An enegizer bunny and beautiful woman.ani phyo raw food essentials

The man in black above is Vincent Dessberg, who has a roof top garden on a warehouse in the industrial area of town, called “I Grow My Own Veggies”. He sponsored cabbage, edible flowers, herbs, and strawberries. I harvested from Vincent’s garden just a few hours before the party. It was amazing to see so much food growing on top of an industrial warehouse! ani phyo jenna norwood mole sauce raw food

Now, for my recipes. Enjoy!

Ginger Lime Aid
Makes 8 cups
(adapted from Ani’s Raw Food Essentials)

  • 2 teaspoons Ginger
  • 6 Limes, squeeze juice
  • 1/2 cup Honey or Agave
  • 2 Liters Sparkling water
  • 1 cup Ice

Place all into blender, and blend. Serve immediately.

Raspberry Daiquiri
Makes 8 cups

  • 1/2 bag Frozen Raspberry
  • 1 Orange, peeled and seeded
  • 1 Lime, peeled, seeded
  • 2 liters Sparkling water
  • 1 cup Ice

Place all into blender, blend and serve immediately.

Fresh Green Taco Wraps Filled with Taco Nut Meat, Avocado, Tomatoes, and Mole Sauce
Makes 4 tacos
(from Ani’s Raw Food Essentials)

Taco Nut Meat
  • 1 cup walnuts or sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cumin, powder
  • 2 teaspoons coriander, powder
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, to taste

Place all ingredients into your food processor and process into small pieces.

Mole Sauce
  • .5 cup tomato
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1 Tablespoon honey or agave
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoon filtered water

Place all into blender, blend smooth.

Toppings and Shell
  • .5 Avocado, diced
  • .5 Tomato, diced
  • .1 Cilantro, chopped
  • 4 green cabbage leaves

To assemble tacos, into each cabbage leaf, spoon Taco Nut Meat. Top with avocado, tomato, and cilantro. Drizzle on your Mole Sauce, and enjoy.

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Strawberries with Cashew Kream and Chocolate Sauce
Makes 4 servings
(from Ani’s Raw Food Essentials)

Cashew Kream
  • 1 cup Cashews
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey or Agave
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla extract
  • Water, as desired
Chocolate Sauce
  • 3/4 cup Honey or Agave
  • 1/2 cup Cacao powder

To make Cashew Kream, place cashews, honey, vanilla, and water into blender. blend smooth. Add as little water as possible for thicker consistency.

To make Chocolate Sauce, place honey or agave and cacao in blender. Blend smooth.

To assemble, scoop Cashew Cream into serving bowls. Top with your favorite berries. Drizzle over Chocolate Sauce and serve.

Visit GoSuperLife.com for organic ingredients, kitchen tools, and specials on Kelp Noodles and sproutable raw Cashews.

Photos are Copyright 2010 and courtesy of a very handsome man named Rich Schineller.


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I kicked off my SF book tour at the Ferry Building Farmers’ Market yesterday. It’s sunny and warm here in San Francisco, and the market was packed with people shopping locally and seasonally. This has got to be the best farmer’s market in the country. I found amazingly sweet peaches and beautiful heirloom squash that are only available 1-2 weeks a year. What a treat!

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I spoke to a full house about the benefits of raw food, weight loss, natural living, happiness, and my new book Ani’s Raw Food Essentials. I demoed a recipe for TOMATO AND TARRAGON BISQUE, page 137, and STRAWBERRY KREAM PIE, page 266.

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Sarah, who organizes the chef demoes, helped me portion and pass out samples. Most people in the audience were already familiar with raw foods, but it’s always fun to watch their reactions when they taste one of my raw recipes. Of course, folks loved  the soup and dessert. You can see Barry Jan behind the camera on the left, and you’ll find a couple of his photos in Ani’s Raw Food Essentials from last year’s farmer’s market talk and demo.

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This may have been my longest line for book signing yet. Patient people stood in line for 50 minutes to meet me and to have me sign their books. What a huge honor for me that folks would wait around so long. I love meeting people, hearing their stories in person, and feeling the love they share with me. This bright energy is what keeps me doing what I do…it fuels my soul.

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It was lovely to see many long time friends, like Dr D, and old friend from LA who now lives in Thailand. He happened to be in town, and brought me a moss monkey that’s the cutest plant I’ve ever seen! He’ll have to care for monkey while I’m in Florida since I don’t think it would make it on the plane.

Another long time friend and two lovebirds Jeff, who took all these photos for me, and Frog.

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Hanging out at this awesome farmers’ market on a warm, sunny day was the best way to spend my Saturday. From here, I headed to Napa next….



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In this episode I talk about my new raw food uncookbook, Ani’s Raw Food Essentials, on Day 2 of my new book tour here in Hollywood at Erewhon. Brother Echo from Raw Sangha created this great episode documenting my presentation, talk, and book signing. I had a great time speaking with Brother Echo. He’s a glow of bright light sharing his great gifts with our world. Thanks Brother Echo!

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For weeks, friends had been calling to say they saw a poster of me on Beverly Blvd. Now I can see why. Erewhon is the greatest store in the world for everything raw. Juan Hernandez has been the Erewhon force behind this great raw department. I’m holding a print gift from Tyler Golden, my food photographer, of my Mandu Dumpling recipe from Ani’s Raw Food Essentials. I love it!

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Another photo in front of my poster, this time with one of my favorite actors and directors Vincent Gallo. He directed and acted in Buffalo ’66 (1998) with Christina Ricci, who I love too. I attended high school in Buffalo, and enjoyed watching this film years ago. Buffalo ’66 was the first time I saw the camera effect when the set stays still and the camera pans 360 around the characters. This was a year prior to the same effects in the Matrix film.

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It was another packed house on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Erewhon in Hollywood. I demonstrated how to make my Strawberry Kream Pie using dates, cashews, vanilla, and strawberries. The lovely Christy Morgan (in purple) volunteered to help me portion out the tastes and get them into the crowd. Everyone loved the dessert, it was fast and easy to make, and tasted delicious.

I talked about the importance of probiotics in our diets. In America, we take antibiotics, which kill off all our healthy intestinal flora. Probiotics will help us to regain balance in our digestive tract. My new book includes a chapter on probiotic drinks including kefir and kombuch, and another on probiotic pickled vegetables inspired from my Korean heritage.

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I always love signing books after a talk and food presentation. It’s when I really get to connect with people and hear their stories. These two lovelies are getting married soon, and told me they’re planning to have 3 raw cakes at their wedding.

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I had previously met Dana at one of the Community Services Unlimited gardens, where she was elbow deep planting greens in the dirt. Her garden is beautiful, very well maintained, and full of the most delicious plants. Read my post on the CSU, Inc gardens.

Thank you to Juan for hosting, Christy for helping, Tyler Golden for taking photos, and Raw Sangha’s Brother Echo for filming yesterday’s event. Brother Echo said he’d have a video up that I’ll link to in a day or so. Thanks everyone for joining me and celebrating my new book!

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This is a video shot during my workshop at Mom Tri’s Villa Royale in January. In it, I’ll show you how easy it is to make delicious, nutritious Thai Spring Rolls with an Almond Dipping Sauce. My yummy, super healthy, raw food version of a peanut inspired sauce is made using kaffir lime leaves, chilies, and almonds. The rolls are made by filling collard leaves with julienne zucchini, mung bean sprouts, and fresh herbs like cilantro, mint, and basil.

Thai chilies are spicy hot, so you’ll want to adjust the spice level to suit your tastes. Removing the seeds will help to decrease the spice level. Capsicum is what makes chilies hot, and is the ingredient found in most diet pills for its metabolism boosting properties. Capsicum increases circulation, decreases inflammation, and boost our immune system.

Thai Spring Rolls with Almond Dipping Sauce
(makes 4 servings)

Thai Dipping Sauce

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon Nama Shoyu
  • 2 Thai red chilies, to taste
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons  raw almonds
  • 1 lemon’s juice
  • 1 cup water,  as needed

Fillings

  • 1 zucchini, julienne
  • 1 cup mung bean sprouts
  • 1/2 bunch basil, de-stem
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, de-stem
  • 1/4 bunch mint, de-stem
  • 1-2 Thai chili, finely chop

Wrapper

  • 3 large collard green leaves, de-stem and half

To make dipping sauce, place sauce ingredients into your blender, adding water as needed. Blend smooth.

To wrap, place leaves onto flat surface. Layer with fillings, and roll.

Serve with dipping sauce.

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